November 3, 2008 by A.C. Rhodes
your experience of growing up or living in America?
Category: Question of the Week
Growing up? Wannabe world would be something from The Velvet Underground and Nico. Real world would be something like “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians. As an adult? That’s easy, “Born to Run.”
Growing Up [in Washington C.H., Ohio]: The Animals, “We Gotta Get Out of this Place”.
Living in America: Love, “The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This”.
I grew up in eastern Ohio right across the river from Wheeling, Wva so I will say Powderfinger. But seriously folks, Bastards of Young by the ‘Mats or Factory from Bruce will do just fine.
Though I wish I could say “Little Child Running Wild” by Curtis Mayfield, my childhood was more like “Playground In My Mind” by Clint Holmes. Not very gangsta, but whatever…
As a teenager it was probably something angry and distorted by Minor Threat or something else to match that level of youthful angst that every 17 year old has. Today, as I get older (I’m 31), and realize how little I still know about the world it’s probably “Ball of Confusion” by The Temptations.
late teens : Ain’t It Fun – Rocket From The Tombs
gnarled adolescence : Moody River – Pat Boone
“Growing up,” I guess, means early childhood/adolescence, which for me was late 60s and early 70s. These are some of the songs I heard on the radio and on jukeboxes back then in my little hometown that helped define America in my mind: “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly and the Family Stone, “In the Ghetto,” Elvis, “Galveston,” Glen Campbell, “War,” Edwin Starr, “American Woman,” The Guess Who, “Patches,” Clarence Carter, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” Creedence Clearwater Revival, “America,” Simon & Garfunkel, “What’s Going On?,” Marvin Gaye, “Rainy Night in Georgia,” Brook Benton, “Indiana Wants Me,” R. Dean Taylor, “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain, “American Pie,” Don McLean, “Indian Reservation,” the Raiders, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” Joan Baez, “Spanish Harlem,” Aretha Franklin, “Half-Breed,” Cher, “Louisiana Woman, Mississisippi Man,” Conway and Loretta, “Proud Mary,” Ike and Tina, “Ramblin Man,” the Allman Brothers, “We’re an American Band,” Grand Funk, “The World is a Ghetto,” War…
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